2 Star material

After coming back from the holiday we went for (the family vacation-which was a package deal, living in 3 & 4 star hotels for the duration of our stay in SL) ..did I realize that I was no where close to comfortable to 3 star comfort, that said 4 star was out of my league!

At best I can say, I am 2 star material.

Let’s look at this more closely, what do I mean by 2 star material… while staying in a hotel that is a 2 star in comparison with that of a 4 star

A 2 star meets basic needs, clean, comfortable and affordable. 

when we compare to a 4 star

A 4 star comes with a superior property with a variety of amenities, upscale, high comfort standards + quality.

Now, lets think logically – We aren’t really going to use the property to walk around all day & if we talk of amenities, central air condition in the entire hotel, Free WiFi, tea/coffee/sugar with an electric tea kettle, a television, a hair dryer in the bathroom, and a bath tub with hot & cold water – I don’t think we really require all those things.

A fan that runs fast, a tasty cup of adraak (ginger) wali chai (tea) available at the stall outside on the road, a mobile connection on your phone and the natural sun to dry your wet hair is good enough, and besides we use hotels primarily for only 2 reasons, to rest and as a temporary home to go visit other places in the area. How much time do we actually spend in a hotel room? [unless you’re a honeymooning couple – probably then you would be spending a lot of time indoors]

Do we still need a 4 star luxury holiday?

Things that some Indians might do with the different amenities provided by the hotel for reasons other than what they are supposed to be used for (talking of 4 star and higher)

  • use the hair dryer to dry our clothes (specifically inner wear, socks..extending sometimes to even shoes etc..)
  • use more than normal toilet paper.. for obvious reason and also maybe to wipe shoes or shine them.
  • suitcases will be kept on the table instead of the floor (why bend when we have an elevated surface) 
  • fill the bath tub with water, then use the little jug (if provided or a cup) to bathe yourself standing inside the bath tub. 
  • the only chair in the room will be used to dry clothes, there’s always the bed to sit on.

They don’t call us Indians, for nothing!

Sometimes, I do think to myself.. how tough must it be to live as a rich man. Besides having the facility to buy, own, eat & drink the best of things of the world-there would be nothing forward to look to.. what a tragedy that is. How boring!

Having had more than a glimpse of what it takes to live in luxury for a few days, if I get the opportunity again, I think I’ll give it a pass. I am a simple person and I like to do things the simple way.

That goes with people too, simple people living simple lives having simple conversations – that’s my style!

Simple is the KEY word. No fancy for me.

“Simple is Beautiful”

Yayyyy! I’m going on vacation!

Exciting isn’t it? Talk of travel, a lot of free time, relaxation and HOTEL Rooms that we only dream of living in..and no matter how 3 or 4 2 it is, it will always be better and cleaner than your bedroom back home, and if you are one of those who isn’t used to vacationing often, HOTEL rooms can be a big deal. 

Now it does not have to be an exotic location you would be vacationing at. The fact that you are on vacation, the mind is programmed that its all gonna be cool & awesome.. from the time you catch your plane to landing into another state/country.. not before asking “Can I have the window seat please” at the airline counter at the airport [Yes!! why not, a picture of the view from the window of the plane is a MUST in the vacation Album] and besides aren’t vacations also all about the views [view from the window/veranda.. view from the restaurant.. view from the top of some peak etc etc]

You now arrive at your destination [hotel] and you are shown your room and the first reaction is woooooowww! It may not exactly be the wow I’m picturing in my head right now.. but it will be wow enough to sit on the bed to see how soft your bottom feels on it or the single sofa’s that have the soft cushions.

Now as Indians, we are very inquisitive people… we’d go around the room to well.. inspect (if I can use that word) every part of it, switch on the television, check the different light/lamp switches, visit the bathroom and see what it has to offer us (besides the squeaky clean pot, sink & mirror) ..the removable items like shampoo bottles, little soaps, maybe a little face towel that obviously you would not use (because you’ve carried one from home obviously) and will go straight into your bag (as a memento of the hotel ofcourse) and then eventually when its time to pack up and move on to the next place or back home, you will have enough of the ‘little things’ that you will be carrying with you.

As Ross (F.R.I.E.N.D.S) would say “You need to find a line between stealing and taking what the hotel owes you”

And what’s it about, when it its time to leave.. you see the room so perfect, that it just doesn’t feel right to leave it that way and you kind of leave your signature all over the room.. by ruining it.. and that makes your holiday complete.

We’re planning a family vacation, so this maybe a whole different experience considering my last 4 vacations have been solo, this one will pose a different challenge.

Expect a post ‘Vacationing with the Family’ after I get back.